The Dutch handball players can become world champions for the first time in history on Sunday. Spain is the final obstacle on the road to historic World Cup gold in the final battle in Japan. Follow the World Cup final, which starts at 12.30 pm, in our live blog.

Good morning and welcome to our live blog about the finals of the World Cup handball! The Dutch handball players will have the opportunity to become world champions for the first time in history this afternoon. The team faces Spain. My name is Rob Hirschmann and I will keep you informed of developments in Kumamoto.

  • First half on the way
  • Spain leads

World Cup handball · a few seconds ago

23 '10-9 for Spain from a seven-meter, given after a foul by Jessy Kramer.

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22 'Spain has to miss a player again.

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21 'Abbingh rams the ball from distance against the top of the bar. Still 9-9 so.

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19 'Spain overwhelmed the Netherlands in the first minutes with quick attacks, but now the attacks are slow due to the Dutch defense. Tess Wester has been keeping her goal clean for a while.

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17 'The Orange has got a grip on the game in the last minutes. The Spaniards cannot make a fist in the attack. It is still 9-9.

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16 'It's the same! Lois Abbingh hits close: 9-9. The Spanish national coach intervenes with a timeout.

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16 'Polman again! 8-9.

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Angela Malestein is currently the top scorer on behalf of the Orange with three goals in this game.

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14 'Polman has a devastating effect! The difference becomes smaller: 7-9.

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13 'Unfortunately, a long attack from Orange failed. It is still 6-9.

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11 'Malestein with her third! 6-9.

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11 'A seven-meter for Spain: 5-9.

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10 'We are on the road for ten minutes, and the Orange is still following the facts. The team has no answer to the rapid attacks of Spain. It now stands at 5-8.

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9 'The first from Lois Abbingh: 4-7!

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8 'Gonzalez makes it 3-7 from an outbreak.

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8 'Malestein scores her second goal from the corner: 3-6

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7 'The Spanish goalkeeper Navarro has an answer to Van der Heijden's shot.

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6 'Spain scores 2-6 in the final. National coach Mayonnade requests a timeout.

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6 'Today's first exclusion is for Spain, but Abbingh is fiercely blocked by the Spanish defense.

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4 'Gonzalez even makes it 2-5! Orange is trumped in the first minutes.

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4 'And there is already the 2-4 for Spain.

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3 'Van der Heijden hits the spot: 2-3!

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3 'And there is the 3-1 for Spain via Cabral.

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2 'Malestein with the 2-1!

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1 'Polman with a first attempt, but her shot is blocked. Barbosa scores the 2-0 for Spain in the counter-strike.

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1 'Spain gets a 1-0 lead thanks to Hérnandez.

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1 'The handset sounds! We have started.

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And there is the Wilhelmus, which is sung passionately by the players.

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The Spanish national anthem sounds in the Park Dome in Kumamoto.

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The players are introduced to the audience. The final is about to begin!

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Mayonnade: "We must do the same as against Russia"
National coach Emmanuel Mayonnade hopes that his team can show the same as in the semifinals against Russia, he says in front of the Ziggo Sport cameras. "If we do the same as we did against Russia, we can win." He calls Spain a strong opponent, mainly because of the strong attackers of that team. "They've got some of the best players in the world. They're really good at attacking, strong in one against one. And they're good at fastbreaks, so it's a very good opponent."

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The way to the final of Spain:

Qualifying round:
Romania-Spain 16-31
Spain-Hungary 29-25
Spain-Senegal 29-20
Kazakhstan-Spain 16-43
Montenegro-Spain 26-27

Main Round:
Spain-Sweden 28-28
Japan-Spain 31-33
Spain-Russia 26-36

Semi finals:
Norway-Spain 22-28

Handball World Cup · 43 minutes ago

The way to the final of Orange:

Qualifying round:
Netherlands-Slovenia 26-32
Angola-Netherlands 28-35
Netherlands-Cuba 51-23
Serbia-Netherlands 23-36
Netherlands-Norway 30-28

Main Round:
Netherlands-Germany 23-25
Denmark-Netherlands 27-24
Netherlands-South Korea 40-33

Semi- final:
Russia-the Netherlands 32-33

World Cup handball · one hour ago

On the basis of the most recent encounters between the Netherlands and Spain, the Dutch are clearly the favorite. Of the last five mutual matches, the Netherlands won four. The last one was on December 3, 2018 during the European Championship. Then the Netherlands won in the group stage with 28-27.

World Cup handball · one hour ago

The Netherlands finished in the last two World Cups on the podium (silver in 2015 and bronze in 2017) and also secured honorary metal at the last two European championships (silver in 2016 and bronze in 2018). Spain, on the other hand, did not finish any of those editions on stage.

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One more flame, Tess Wester!

One last time! Let's go girls 🔥 ⏰ 12:30 NETHERLANDS X SPAIN #kicksomeass #nogeenkeerflammen #eropoferonder #lekkermetdemeiden #genieton 📸; @rhf_agency

Avatar AuthortessiewesterMoment of places10: 26 - 15 December 2019

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Russians win battle for bronze at the World Cup
The handball players of Russia won the consolation final of Norway at the World Cup. The Russians, who lost to the Netherlands in a blood-curdling semi-final on Friday, are therefore taking off the bronze medal. The Netherlands and Spain compete for gold from 12.30.

World Cup handball · 3 hours ago

We are ready! 🇳🇱🆚🇪🇸🕤 12.30 pm @ZiggoSport # TeamNL🇳🇱 @ NedTeamHandbal

Avatar AuthorTeamNL🇳🇱Moment of places09: 11 - 15 December 2019

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Kelly Dulfer is ready for the World Cup final, starting at 12.30 p.m.

Today we play the FINAL against Spain !! 💥💥💥🇳🇱 12.30 @ziggosport #comeonnnn #final #huphupnederland #ihf #wcjapan #handball

Avatar Authorkellydulfer Moment of places08: 42 - December 15, 2019

World Cup handball · 3 hours ago

"Based on the last few years, we may be a favorite against Spain, but we don't feel that way in the team," said 27-year-old Abbingh from NU Japan. "Our coach Manu also emphasized: you will not come to a World Cup final by chance. That applies to Spain and to us. Spain has played a lot of good matches so far. It is clear that everyone is keen to win this match , but we should not take too many risks. Spain has a very offensive cover and intercepts a lot of balls. We must not help them in the game by making mistakes. Our chances are really in the counterattack. " (2/2)

World Cup handball · 3 hours ago

Handball players do not feel like a favorite for the World Cup final
The Dutch handball players can write history on Sunday by conquering the world title for the first time in history. Although the team has the best chances on paper, Lois Abbingh does not think that the Orange is the absolute favorite in Japan against Spain. The Netherlands finished on the last two World Cups on the podium (silver in 2015 and bronze in 2017) and also secured the honorary metal at the last two European championships (silver in 2016 and bronze in 2018). Spain, on the other hand, did not finish any of those editions on the podium and lost four of the last five encounters with the Netherlands. (1/2)

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